Electronic Money

Electronic money, or e-money, is money which exists only as a value stored on an electronic device. Today, much of the scriptural money managed by banks is stored electronically as a number on a computer.

The bulk of interbank money transfers are made by simply transferring electronically stored values between banks, with one bank subtracting a number from an “account” and another bank adding that number to the recipient’s account.

Electronic money may be stored on a hardware device, such as the microchip on certain types of payment cards, or in software, such as that employed by many banks and that employed by digital wallets.

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